Archive Gives Passengers a Taste of Italy at Newcastle Airport

June 01, 2012 at 14:00

Customers get a ‘pizza’ the action as airline celebrates first flights to Rome and Venice

- Flights start from £21.99 including taxes, with city break packages from £219 per person

1 June 2012 – Passengers at Newcastle Airport were given a taste of Italy courtesy of as the leading leisure airline said ‘arrivederci’ to its inaugural flights to Rome and Venice.

More than 300 jet setters were treated to delicious pizza and Sicilian muffins from Greggs, the home of fresh baking, as they checked in for the flights, which both took off to the Italian hotspots today.

Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director of, said: "It's great that we've been able to partner with Greggs to send our passengers on their way with a tasty treat, to really whet their appetites for our two new exciting Italian destinations.  With sensational sights and stylish shopping, as well as excellent food, both have plenty to offer and we’re thrilled with how popular these destinations are proving with North East holidaymakers. There is no doubt that these additions give Newcastle travellers even greater choice as we continue to provide access to the finest city and sun destinations direct from their local airport."

Dave Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International, said: "Today marks the inaugural flights for two of's new routes which were announced in December last year. Rome and Venice are fantastic cities and we’re delighted to offer our customers these destinations from Newcastle Airport. The new routes will not only provide more choice for leisure breaks, but also encourage inbound tourism. The collaboration with Greggs, a favourite with our customers, will prove very popular.

"We are proud of the investment from and hope these new developments will encourage the travelling North East public to choose their local airport."

Graeme Nash, head of customer marketing at Greggs, said: "We've been bringing fantastic value bakery   food to Newcastle Airport  customers since 2004  - it's a great location for us to reach airport based workers, commuters and holidaymakers.   We're really pleased that we could celebrate the launch of the new Italian flight destinations  by treating Jet2 customers to our freshly baked pizzas and irresistible tasty Sicilian muffins."

In addition to's inaugural Italian flights, sun seekers in Newcastle can also now take advantage of the latest Spanish addition, Reus, with flights starting from just £33.99. Package breaks are also available with Jet2holidays from £299 per person, including direct return flight, 22kg baggage and X-star hotel accommodation.

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